Conducting Intensive

October 1 – 2 2022

Consolidate, refine and develop your conducting and directing skills through this two-day Conductor Intensive. Facilitated by Dr Kevin Cameron and Matt Klohs from Maestros with a Mission, you will be peer mentored by two conducting experts as you direct one of New Zealand’s premiere concert bands.  Module sessions, addressing other vital aspects of the conducting art, will be presented, including: 

Baton Technique, Score Study and Preparation, Public Speaking for Conductors, Communication through Imagination and Vocabulary, Philosophies of Conducting, Rehearsal Techniques, Conducting and Positive Education Psychology, and Character Strengths in Rehearsal.

Kevin and Matt offered a small taste of their superpowers as educators and clinicians at Festival 2019. Each person left the podium energised, empowered and excited to bring change to their practice.

Dr Kevin Cameron

Kevin Cameron is an Australian music educator and conductor.  He is Music Director of New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds and Geelong Grammar School.

Dr Cameron has studied conducting with some of the world’s finest teachers, including the Italian maestro Gian Luigi Gelmetti and the legendary conducting mentor Gustav Meier.  Dr Cameron has appeared with the Sydney, Tasmanian, West Australian, and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, the State Orchestra of Victoria, the Auckland Philharmonia, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, and many youth and community orchestras across Australia.  In 1994, he was the inaugural winner of the ABC’s Young Conductor of the Year competition, and has subsequently held numerous professional conducting posts, including Principal Conductor of the Band of the South Australia Police, Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, ABC Conductor-in-Residence, and Music Director positions at Murdoch University, Newcastle University Choir, and the University of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Cameron works as a guest conductor and clinician throughout Australia.  Dr Cameron has also served as President of the South Australian Band Association and the National Band Council of Australia and he has officiated as an adjudicator at eisteddfodau and important music competitions in all Australian states and territories.  He is currently President of the Victorian Bands’ League.

Works for Participating Conductors

Participants will choose one work to conduct from this list. Each conductor will supply their own score for all pieces, available from JWPepper for between US$7.50 and US$40.

Registration Fees (gst incl)

  • Conductors: $250
  • Observers One Day: Waged $45/Unwaged $30/Students $15
  • Observers Two Day: Waged $80/Unwaged $50/Students $25

Venue is Laidlaw College in Henderson, Auckland

The Model Band: West City Concert Band

West City Concert Band will be the model band for you to conduct. West City Concert Band is a community symphonic wind ensemble performing engaging and creative music to audiences across the West Auckland region. Founded in 1976, the band has grown to over 50 players of all ages and is part of an organisation of three bands and over 100 members. West City Concert Band has earned with numerous awards at NZCBA Festivals, including the most distinguished honour, “Outstanding Festival Band”, for the past four years.

Their Musical Director is Chad Davenport.